LogoIt's hard to imagine where the App Store would be without enthusiast sites like TouchArcade. We've been covering iOS gaming before the App Store even launched, years before the term "iOS" was even coined by Apple. While the "mainstream" games media often looks down on mobile games, we've been evangelizing the platform for seven years now- discovering amazing new titles and bringing incredible indie studios to the spotlight who might have otherwise been totally lost between the cracks of the App Store. Additionally, in the process we've fostered the absolute best community for discussing iOS games online, which has turned into an invaluable resource for both up and coming iOS developers as well as every type of iOS gamer imaginable. Unfortunately, despite all this, our very existence is in jeopardy. If you like what we do, please consider supporting our Patreon or consider advertising with us. If you'd like to know what led to this, read on- I'm going to lay all of our cards on the table.

TouchArcade launched in 2008, with the very basic business plan of creating the best place on the internet for anyone into iOS gaming to come discover new and cool things to download from the App Store. We covered our costs by offering a fantastic platform for iOS developers who were looking to promote their games via highly relevant, unobtrusive, banner advertisements. For a long time, it worked great, as the iOS industry modeled itself after the traditional games industry, and most mid-sized studios fueled TouchArcade and many other similar enthusiast sites. We grew along side the iOS gaming market, hiring additional writers and investing in things like the site redesign and The TouchArcade App [Free], then everything slowly started to change.

Eli Hodapp and Jared NelsonAs the App Store became more crowded, the developers who got squeezed the hardest were those very same mid-sized studios. iOS gaming has since been pushed to two extremes: The giant, multi-million dollar studios of the world, and supremely tiny indie developers hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with a surprise viral hit they built in their spare time. The mobile gaming megacorps are operating on a financial level that's hard to even fully comprehend, quite literally advertising during the Super Bowl, while the one-man indie studios typically can't even afford an artist to help them with a better app icon. From an outside perspective, it seems like this wouldn't be much of a problem for us, as there's an incredible amount of money in mobile gaming, but this couldn't be further from the truth.

The absolute most important thing for developers on the App Store in 2015 is chart positioning. There is nothing more valuable than being near the top of the charts, and with quite literally billions of dollars on the line across the iOS gaming industry, developers will do anything to climb the charts and stay there. This has given birth to an entirely new method of performance-based marketing known as user acquisition. In 2015's App Store, games typically aren't promoted through advertising on sites like TouchArcade and growing brand awareness in a traditional sense. Instead, developers pay countless different in-app advertising networks to just buy users and drive downloads directly.

The continued shift to user acquisition as the main method of promoting a title has had a dramatic impact on the iOS gaming ecosystem. Aside from mid-sized developers being squeezed out, with advertising revenues reaching non-existent levels, iOS enthusiast sites have been forced to make difficult decisions. Without financial support from developers buying advertising, some sites have closed. The few that remain have significantly downsized, drastically reduced their content output, shifted to writing about more general topics in hopes of attracting more search traffic, and/or changed focus to becoming an events companies. TouchArcade, being the largest site, is the farthest up the proverbial river, but the drought has reached us too and even our continued existence is in question.

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TouchArcade GDC Party

From here, we have a few potential roads we can take: We've got great traffic numbers, arguably better than they've ever been, so we could load the site up with the same obnoxious advertising you see on most other sites these days. We could start doing sponsored posts, as we're always being asked to publish those. Or we could do a number of other really nasty things which have become "normal" for sites trying to survive. The problem with all these possibilities is that they all come with the significant drawback of making TouchArcade worse for our readers. We put an amazing amount of time and effort into making TouchArcade as awesome as it can be, and value our community far too much to start muddying the waters of what is a real recommendation for a rad game you should check out and who just paid us money to do that.

We immensely value our readers and our community, and that seems to be a two way street with the many people who visit TouchArcade every day valuing our existence, so we figured we'd try doing a Patreon. Since TouchArcade really has been all about the community of iOS gamers since day one, with the help of the community and developers, we will be keep doing what we're doing for a very long time. We've structured our Patreon with a ton of cosmetic rewards which will signify amongst our community just how much you value the site, which will only grow more prominent as we finish building out some new features on our forums. We've got levels of support on our Patreon that fits all budgets, from just fans of the site who want to toss a buck our way to giant developers looking to make their presence known.

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TouchArcade GDC Party

Are you a developer looking to promote your game? Even though we can't specifically track installs, we do offer a platform that is not only read daily by gamers, but also by industry influencers. People from every level of Apple follow TouchArcade, and as you know, getting your game in front of their eyes can be incredibly important. If you're interested in advertising with us, contact ads@toucharcade.com. We've got options ranging from full site skins like the one that's running for Death Race [$0.99] currently to less expensive packages like rotating ads in the sidebar. Also, our podcast, which is downloaded over 63,000 times a week, is available for sponsorship as well.

I realize this is a really weird post as I hate mixing editorial and, well, business. It's something I never thought I'd have to write, but I truly believe it's important for niche enthusiast sites like TouchArcade to exist- Particularly now that the App Store's games section is moving to being fully editorially powered. If you don't get featured, aren't charting, and TouchArcade doesn't exist anymore... How will anyone ever know about your game? From a gamer's perspective, sometimes the most interesting stuff on the App Store are games that are totally under the radar. Either way, if you can't afford supporting us via Patreon or you're a developer and you're not interested in advertising with us, please at least do us a solid and help spread the word that the iOS enthusiast media ecosystem is in very bad shape.

From the bottom of our hearts from everyone here at TouchArcade, thank you.

Direct Link: Support TouchArcade on Patreon

  • Anonomation

    Maybe.

    • gquiller

      How do I down vote this?

      • InkyTheGhost

        Haha you just did.

      • http://gquiller.tumblr.com/ gquiller

        LOL - It's not on app, but available on website

      • Anonomation

        Why the hate?

      • Durduhdur

        People here are narrow minded be careful going against popular opinion.

      • http://gquiller.tumblr.com/ gquiller

        I don't mean to offend, but just saying maybe was confusing. I understand now what you are aiming for. Sincere apologies

      • InkyTheGhost

        Because you answered a long and impassioned plea for help with only the word "maybe." That comes off as pretty rude, even if you didn't intend it.

      • Tallgeese

        Maybe... It could go either way... Kind of the point of the combination of "may" and "be." I can understand how one could take maybe the wrong way, but as a language platform that is largely devoid of the usual contextual and supporting clues we rely on for face-to-face interactions, it is curblessing that you can both pour your own thoughts into words and that you can pour your own thoughts into words (sic).

      • Anonomation

        Exactly, and any logical person would know that given my history with the site.

      • InkyTheGhost

        Yes, I agree. And so to avoid this confusion, we simply use full sentences.

      • Anonomation

        Or maybe not jumping to conclusions when you don't understand something huh?

      • Tallgeese

        "The Metrons, the creatures that sent us both here, said that the surface of the planet provides the raw material... to construct weapons. There's very little here – scrub brush, rocks, an abundance of mineral deposits, but no weapons in the conventional sense. Still, I need to find one; bare-handed against the Gorn, I have no chance."

      • InkyTheGhost

        Dude, your comment was a single word that could be understood in more than one way. Any confusion that arose is solely your fault. There's no argument here. You asked why the hate, and I explained it very clearly.

      • teste12 test

        who cares

    • teste12 test

      More like a 100% no, beggars can't be choosers.

  • Zeital

    Soon as my next pay comes through I'm all in. Can't even count the amount of games I have started or even bothered to look into or buy because of your guys 🙂

  • xzeldax3

    Best of luck to you. This site has been my main iOS gaming news site so I'll help the best I can!

  • Tim Cant

    Please put my $1 pm towards going to the Gathering. Personally I don't mind sponsored posts either.

  • Ponycakes

    This place is my Consumer Reports, EGM, and comedic relief all rolled into one kick-ass community. It keeps me in touch with the games, the editors, and even the developers themselves.

    You bet your ass I'm supporting this.

  • elburbo

    Yep, absolutely.

  • forsakenxe

    Best of luck to you guys. You deserve to get supported 🙂

  • pillzhereish

    No motherfucking way is TA disappearing! I'll gladly give a couple of bucks every month!

    • teste12 test

      too late, it deserves it

  • Milotorou

    While i am quite short on budget since i have a newborn child and being the only parent working, i will definitely keep to spray the words, i love this site.

    I buy my iphone games through bonus i receive from work (we accumulate points, that we can use towarda all kind of gift cards, itunes cards being one of them) and touch arcade is always my place of reference, being a fan of RPGs i love to have Shaun's insight especially for those.

    You can make sure i will be considering a small donation as budget would allow me a bit later, if it can at least count as a "Thank you" for all youre doing.

    Its hard those days to find articles being actually honest from writers and not a bunch of advertising or even the usual "gosh they must have paid this guy to see such bs" like we see on some sites nowadays.

    Sorry if my text is dragging on... I really enjoy following the posts on toucharcade and really hope you guys will be able to stay for a long times, cheers from Canada, all my friends that dont know about you guys yet shall do !

  • Brrobotix

    I'm ok with more ads. Sponsored posts too, as long as they're properly labeled as such (though those seem sneakier than ads). I'll be contributing to patreon though, this site has been my home for 5ish years now and Id hate to see it ruined indirectly by the app stores poor app popularity ratings.

    Another option Id suggest, maybe set up a way for users to watch ads in return for the cosmetic features that other users are getting through donations? Many of us don't have a big budget, but would really like to donate some time to helping TA survive.

  • ineptidude

    Idk. Probably the only thing I'd like to see from TouchArcade is an update for the app. But that's almost impossible to do because of the site's questionable existence in Apple's eyes. Hmph

    • ZeroVoid

      What do you mean? I'd really love to see an app update as well.

      • ineptidude

        Supposedly, App Store aggregation apps and sites are not allowed by Apple (likely because they only want first-party input). The only reason TA and Appshopper haven't been removed yet is because the review team isn't paying attention. But if the apps get updated it'll draw attention and they'll probably get pulled.

      • Tallgeese

        Thanks, of that I was not aware. That seems kind of narrow-sighted of Apple. Haha, what am I saying? That's *hardly* the Apple way...

    • Dman

      Your completely wrong about the Touch Arcade app. Having an App that's associated with an enthusiast gaming website is fine. And I agree, TouchArcade should update their App. It's getting long-in-the-tooth and isn't taking advantage of all the awesome App additions that Apple has added over the last couple of years. What's not allowed is being an aggregate App for App Store prices and sales. Your completely allowed to have an App that is associated with an enthusiast website.

  • REASER

    I will gladly donate a couple of dollars, trying to help as much as i can. Jist keep up the awesome work. 😀

  • http://www.berryfication.com/ rezn

    I'm more than happy to help. I couldn't think of a better group of people doing what I love in the industry right now and since the beginning. I still remember the day the Apple a App Store launched with Super Monkey Ball and my immediate fear of spending $10 on a game that I wasn't absolutely confident would be a great game/investment.

    Every day and every week I hit Touch Arcade sometimes on an hourly basis to see what may have snuck out or who's doing what in indie gaming and beyond. Touch Arcade has also continued to connect me to tons of developers as well as users.

    I'm positive I wouldn't own half the games I own today if it wasn't for TA. And that's a lot of game.

  • dancj

    I have no issue with you upping the number of ads. Sponsored posts though, I think would damage your credibility. Definitely don't go that route.

    • dancj

      And the down-vote was because?

      • Themostunclean

        Someone's going through down voting anything that is in support of sponsored articles.

      • dancj

        Ah. Well that's just silly.

      • Themostunclean

        Agreed.

      • Tuzzo

        Someone's going through downvoting random posts, since Dancj was not in support of sponsored reviews :/

  • Carlos

    I read you since a lot of years and I think this site is the best reference for iOS gaming. Your excellent criteria reviewing games and the great community is what keep me checking everyday.

    More than happy to support all of you, good luck and keep this amazing site for years!

  • one.sixty.four

    This is the only site I look at of iOS gaming, and a wouldn't have a quarter of the games I do without it. I had no idea TA was in trouble financially! I'll definitely check out the patreon.

    • AtomBombadil

      Agreed. Best game reviews on the web. This site has helped me find a lot of games which have brought me a ton of joy. Happily will help.

  • audiotaku

    Although I've not been an active forum member, I'm on the site every day through the app. Especially on Wednesdays here in the UK. I hope the site makes it through this. As a digital journalist of a media site, I know the 'nasty' business of farming traffic. It's awful, makes you feel guilty writing it and sickly reading it. But when a business is in jeopardy and jobs/family lives are on the line then sh*t gets real real fast. So I hope the patreon, and the sponsored posts (if it comes to that) keep the site going.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Sorry to hear that! How is AppShopper doing? Would more integration between the two sites be valuable? Just thinking out loud.

    • Tallgeese

      A merger like that would probably mean there were "redundancies." Within this scenario I think the field could use more competition and diversity and not less... The Divide is what is currently weeding out most of that diversity and replacing it with only that which is allied and favorable to the top.

      • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

        The two sites are already merged, though: they were always sister sites with same same owners, as I understand it, and have always had some integration (especially in the forums). And their functions don't overlap, so I don't see them becoming redundant or less diverse through added tie-ins. I use both sites a lot, but I can imagine using them even more with a bit of additional crossover. For example: if AppShopper app pages had clear buttons linking to the app's TA review and forum thread (if any). And if TA reviews had a button for the AppShopper page (a way to get some small commissions from people who wait and buy later).

      • Tallgeese

        Sorry, I didn't realize they had so many different things covered (I know Jon Snow about App Shopper it seems). I usually associate mergers with combining companies and then paring people down to make them more "efficient." That sounds like a good idea and one hopes jobs wouldn't be lost in the process.

  • Raki_Saeki

    This is the worst news since Dungeon Keeper being made by EA. I'm struggling right now to pay my rent but count 1$ from me. (I'm the kind of person that thinks that if at least every user donated 1$ you could buy a castle). TA has been with me since my Ipod Touch 2g (passing through my 3gs, ipad 2 and now my trashy iphone 4), it's the only app I open everyday, love the articles, love the comments (love u guys/gals), love to see developers I admire talking with us and love this USEFUL app with watch list you've given us.

    • Milotorou

      Thanks to your comment, i didnt know 1$ per month was doable, and here i was talking about budget constraints, its not like 1$ can make someone poor, im in ! Thanks for the info :p (i definitely shouldve looked at the patron page lol)

    • hincy89

      Same only app I use daily!

  • daftman

    When I first got an iPhone four years ago, I downloaded a free game that looked really cool but was immediately put off by the 10-24 hour timers. I found Touch Arcade soon after that and have been here ever since. I've played a heck of a lot of cool games since then that were actually worth my time thanks to you guys, so while I can't afford to support the patreon, I'll definitely be spreading the word. Best of luck, guys! I'm one of those 63,000 btw 😉

  • terrence92

    Will support you guys as well. Lots of love for this site. The new hearthstone weekly makes this my only go-to place for ios so let's keep it that way 🙂

  • Zeillusion

    Payday next week for me. I shall support, #KTdoubleA (Keep Touch Arcade Alive)

  • RHess00

    I use the Touch Arcade app more than any other app on my phone. I'll gladly help out. The way I see it your reviews and forums save me at least $5.00 a month by allowing me to make informed decisions when buying games. At the moment, I can't get the payment page to load but I'll keep trying. Hopefully its because of the enormous amount of traffic of people trying to throw money at you!

  • InkyTheGhost

    One of the things I've always appreciated about TA (and Eli and Jared in particular) is the journalistic honesty and integrity. You guys have always been totally upfront. And I hope you all feel proud, and not ashamed that you can be this transparent with your readers. For that reason alone, you have my support. TA is singlehandedly responsible for getting me into iOS gaming.
    That being said, I think that if even the New York Times has been forced to include sponsored posts (seriously guys, the New York Times!), then it's perfectly justifiable that you do the same. I truly admire your effort to resist it, Eli, as I've always admired your work, but it won't stop me from coming here.

    • Chiller ONE

      I can't really tell if you are being sarcastic or not.

      • InkyTheGhost

        That makes me sad. I was being 100% sincere.

      • barefootdragon

        I read true sincerity. Have a great day.

      • Tuzzo

        I'm afraid you have s misconception of what sarcasm is. I see no trace of it in this post :/

  • horizoniki

    I love TA more than any other entertainment network. And I'm reading a lot of these.

  • lightbrazer

    This may be a dumb question but why not up the number of ads and then ad in app purchases to the touch arcade app allowing you to disable them? $1 a month turns off banners. $5 a month turns off sponsored ads etc. either way you generate revenue.

    • pauldavidmerritt

      I'd say 2$ a month to remove sponsored ads on your mobile app.

    • lanights

      I agree with this completely. It works with successful iOS games. As a very popular site and app, along with an extremely loyal following, I see no reason why this could not work.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It really doesn't work though. Here's the latest example of that- http://toucharcade.com/2015/05/14/the-developer-of-shredd-added-an-iap-to-remove-ads-the-results-may-shock-you/

        People really just won't pay to remove ads. From doing what I do for so long I've made a bunch of friends in similar positions and everyone who offers subscriptions to remove ads is seeing less than 0.1% of their readers going for it. We really can't afford a big project to add functionality to the site or app to make $20. We'd go from being in really bad shape to just straight up being out of business.

      • Gui

        I argued in the forum that the example you have cited is a very poor case against ad removal IAP. I feel like a lot of people who are willing to pay to remove ads, like myself, won't play games that have them. So I download a game on or around release and if it has a bunch of ads that I can't remove I just uninstall and never look back. After a year your install base is basically people who have shown they are ok with the ads. I am sure that most people who would buy the IAP don't check for updates to apps to see if this IAP has been added. Basically you get one shot at launch and if it is not there then I just move on to one of the other new games, or pickup one of the few dozen on my buy list. None of this even takes the quality of the game into account, which will obviously have an effect on the amount of IAP it receives. I am not saying it will work for you, I am just saying the example you have cited against it is very flawed and if you are basing your decision on it that may be a mistake.

      • lightbrazer

        I understand that in general that may be true but there are probably people like myself that won't go to a patron site and plunk down my cc to support you but would be willing to do so via an in app purchase. I know how easy it is to turn on and off subscriptions. It's an ease of use issue. If I want to stop donating for whatever reason it's much more effort on my part do so the way you have it set up, and then if I want to contribute again more hassle. In the cases you cited the apps just have ads that are being removed. If people are going to go to a patron site and donate money for you those same people would after reading this article hit the Iap button since it's less effort than what they're doing now.

  • http://callipix.com Callipix

    We are happy to support you on Patreon. Thanks for this amazing site!

  • hincy89

    I know they don't have too, but I really hope Apple take there tier as a gesture of good will because this site has directed me to so many port games etc that I would never have found/play or simply got the orginal of if. It for the upcoming news provided by everyone at TA
    Thanks guys

    • RHess00

      I agree. Hey Apple. If you're seeing this, I basically use TA as my App Store. The only time I go to the actual App Store is through a TA link. I doubt that I'm the only one.

      • Marvin

        Right on! If it's not on TA the odds of me downloading it are slim.

      • EvanJO14

        Hey Rhess00, this is Craig Federighi. Thanks for alerting us to the possibility of a second "App Store". We will be removing it as soon as possible. And by the way, we're not "seeing this".

      • RHess00

        Did you even read the article? "People from every level of Apple follow TouchArcade". So it is likely that someone from Apple will "see this" and I don't think that Eli would be asking them for help if he thought there was a chance they would try to shut TA down.

      • EvanJO14

        Did you read the article? That argument is so pointless. By the way, I was just joking about how Apple likes first party input on everything that is theirs, so that if TA came to their attention they would probably remove the app, which would be sad actually, because the editors of TA are admittedly fair in their reviews. Wouldn't mind the snarky part of the community going though.

      • RHess00

        And your original comment wasn't snarky? Along with nearly every other comment you've made on this thread.

      • EvanJO14

        Yeah it kinda was. When I said snarky I didn't mean you though. I do feel for TA, and love the fair reviews they put out. Couldn't resist the opportunity though, knowing how Apple works. Ass I said before I was joking about how Apple feels about putting in first party input, which is why The TA app cannot be updated.

  • Anotherkellydown

    I'd be lost without TA. Gladly supported a monthly pledge. Keep up the great work!

    • rich_952000

      I'll be doing this as well. Been a TA member for many years and can't remember the last time I even went a day without checking the site.

      • Anotherkellydown

        Same. Although I haven't been a member as long as you, I too haven't gone a day without checking in here at least once. Probably open the app at least 20 times a day if not more. To me, TouchArcade is invaluable. Getting to "meet" people like yourself (you were one of the first friends I met here) and so many others is part of what makes TA such an awesome place.

  • hincy89

    Apple need to make TouchArcade a native app, this would be perfect for either the new news app in iOS 9 or just a app to compliment the App Store.

    There's a lot of people I show this app to who instantly download it.

    • Dailon Huskey

      that would go against crushing indie devs which seems to be Apple's motivation these days although I can't see why, just going on their recent actions.

  • curtisrshideler

    Thanks for reporting this! I remember seeing it once but was too busy to remember to pledge. So, I wouldn't mind seeing this article once a week for as long as you need to do it. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have the TA app and forums to enjoy daily! Hope we can get enough to keep Eli and Shaun writing, among many others.

  • http://mobotstudios.com/ Fletcher

    I've never minded sponsored posts.
    IGN does it and with a pretty clear format/layout so viewers can clearly see what is sponsored.

    Good article. Certainly a lot tougher market than it used to be.

  • cloudpuff

    Will it be possible to not have my forum posts highlighted as a result of giving?

    • RHess00

      Yes. There is an option to choose no reward.

  • Dema9o9ue

    I will be supporting. But I also don't mind sponsored posts. Honestly sometimes I find cool stuff through them. And I think they are less annoying than banner ads. TA could go the free to play route. Add some paywall timers and in game currencies. You can only read 3 articles every 6 hours or speed the timer up by buying packs of TA diamonds.

    Totally kidding...

  • barefootdragon

    I'm trying to... It won't let me give you money!!!! Take my dough bro... Cheers!

    • RHess00

      I had to download google chrome to get the payment page to load. It wouldn't work through the the TA app or safari.

      • barefootdragon

        I got it to go through PayPal. Thank you for the advice. Cheers!!

      • curtisrshideler

        Ah man. It didn't give me paypal as an option on mobile safari. I might have to go in and change my method. Thanks for mentioning it!

  • smiffee666

    Discovering TA was like finding treasure to me, with 2 kids n a multitude of loafing pets to feed, i have to extremely careful with my money, (although when chaos rings 3 dropped that all went out the window and my wife to be was not impressed at all) I love reading all the articles after work and when the kids are in bed n genuinely can't live without it, if i was a rich man i would gladly pledge tonnes of cash, but alas, the little spare cash i have would be like a grain of rice though i will surely try to at some point, hope it all goes well, best of luck to all who work at TA, do wat ya gotta do to stay with us

  • nicoper

    Well, I use the app every single day, TouchArcade is my main place to find new games. I don't think I have visited the App Store toplists in atleast half a year, since I have TouchArcade for finding stuff.

    I'll look on your Patreon, it might be the first one I support since I really don't know what I would do on iOS without you guys!

  • Adollin

    I will gladly support the site as soon as I can

  • Marshall618

    I love your site and wouldn't be bothered by more "obtrusive" ads if it means you all can keep going. Do what you have to

    • gquiller

      I agree with above. I appreciate your desire to give us great experience, but it shouldn't come at the expense of your lively hood...

      You are one of three apps I check daily as well geektyrant & Match. Yes, I'm lonely

  • http://ScottSoapbox.com/ Scott Soapbox

    Done.

    I'm that $1000 Patron. 😉

    • Leguro

      Wow!

    • alduinslayer

      Oh my freaking God!!!!!

      • alduinslayer

        (I'm an idiot) 🙂

    • Marvin

      I'm glad someone can afford it, because if I could, the 10k spot Id donate, for Apple or not.

    • scottsoapbox

      Guys. I did a 😉 - Attempting humor. I am a Patron, but not at $1K/month. I gotta shovel most of my dough into resetting timers! 😉

  • Marshall618

    I love your site and wouldn't be bothered by more "obtrusive" ads if it means you can keep going.

  • vectorarchitekt

    I'll be signing up for support as soon as I get home.
    It might not be much but I hope it helps!
    I am more addicted to this site than the games sometimes....you all do great work!
    I can't imagine TA not being around anymore.

    In my fantasy world Apple buys you and leaves you alone to do what you're doing...but I know that would never happen.

  • FootSoldier

    Absolutely!! I love Patreon. You guys should charge for an ad free app also.

  • http://mobotstudios.com/ Fletcher

    I'm willing to donate a percentage of app revenue if interested:

    We have a new game that has done really well on Nintendo. We're bringing it to iOS in a few weeks.
    If there's any interest we'd be willing to donate a straight percentage for a set amount of months.

    I have been a daily morning reader since 2009 and can't imagine not starting my morning reading TA.
    Seems like a fun way to help out.

    • Dailon Huskey

      What's the name of the game?

      • http://mobotstudios.com/ Fletcher

        Ill just donate and make it easy

  • Dailon Huskey

    Wow this is terrible as if not for you guys I would've have missed tons of games plus the community is awesome because you get strategies hints etc from others about the games you are playing. I am going to look at how I can do part and please others do the same. It's very sad that it has come to this and the App Store redesign really ticked me off because I love buying games from indie devs games that now I wouldn't know existed without TA.
    Long Live TA!!!

  • louisa

    I cannot imagine my iPad without your app on my home screen. I'm no expert gamer but I rely on you for all the gaming news and it's the first place I go to every morning. Because of Touch Arcade, I know which games I want to get and I've learned everything I know about gaming on iOS from TA. Your reviews, articles and all the events you cover that give us a look at what's coming in the future is very important to me. I just cannot imagine gaming without TA's help and information. Although I check out your app several times a day, I have not become involved with your forums but will definitely do so now. The watch list I've got is something I rely on and would be lost without it, especially when there are so many updates, price changes etc and it keeps me aware of every game I own or want to own.
    In short, yes, of course I will gladly support you guys every month. That's a very very small price to pay for the return I get. Thanks for all your great work and I'll keep my fingers crossed that financially speaking, TA will not have to worry again. I'm sure the word will get out from all of us and if Apple is reading this, it would be very wise for them to take your offer for their support as it would mean more bucks for them too in the long run. It's time Touch Arcade was recognized for being the best app for iOS gaming and the idea to make it a native app in iOS 9 is a great idea!

  • Paul Downs

    God anything to avoid those bloody in page ads that push content down and auto play videos (The Verge, Kotaku etc. we're look at you)

  • Josue Feliciano

    This had to be a very difficult post to write. I love TA, and will support the patreon. A possible revenue stream would be to have sponsored "Let's Play" videos. You don't have to shill for the product, you play the game and give your thoughts. We get to see the game with our own eyes, so it's not like you're deceiving us into buying / downloading the game. Just my two cents.

    Also, as long as they are very clearly labeled, I'm totally fine with sponsored posts. Get that chedder, guys!

  • Jay Gaming

    Man I didn't think IDE ever see a post asking for money or ruining the site with ads.
    Sucks to have to put it out like that but I understand .
    Basically I think this is what you should do. You have the best iOS gaming site in my opinion. Why not have the same developers you promote every week help make an toucharcade exclusive game and sell it for $5 . We all would buy it and keep continuing to update it or make new games. I know that's a lot of hard work but it might make you rich or disappoint but it would make sense .
    Best of luck either way.

    • Slaysme

      I also had a similar idea. Free app with tons of Iap options. Maybe even present it as a collection app with many tiny games inside. Leave a donut-ataion cosmetic star option to circumvent donation policy.

      • Slaysme

        In addition to not instead of patreon.

      • Jay Gaming

        Yea

  • korkidog

    I'll get on my PC after bit and pledge. You guys are the best source for iOS and I'd really hate to lose TA. 99% of the apps on my phone and Mini are from seeing them here. Keep up the great work!

  • bajaresident

    I'll subscribe if you stop churning out the Hearthstone garbage!

    • DuckingGold

      Or you could ignore it, doofus.

    • dancj

      "I'll subscribe if you stop doing one of the few things that keeps your site afloat"

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    Touch Arcade is great.

    Ads are gross (sorry, but I block them whenever possible).

    I want you to succeed, and I don't mind paying a little to make that happen.

    If you did a "subscription" model where paying people could sign in for a better experience (no ads is a fine start), I'd definitely go for that. I do that without hesitation for Ars Technica, for example.

    I'll send an equivalent amount in Patreon for now.

    • Anova

      This is a subscription model. Pay walls don't work, if you think the site should survive then put in a few bucks every month.

      • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

        I'm already kicking in at the Silver level, but if they could give a little back to logged-in contributors by turning off ads, that would be nice. That's not a pay wall.

  • Erman Haskan

    You must remove every single piece of advertisement other than payed reviews from TouchArcade if you want people to pay you as Patreons. There is no other way.

    • DuckingGold

      The stop asking them to cover your shitty game.

      • barefootdragon

        Lol.

      • Big Papa

        They did him a favor by not reviewing "Sky Pursuit," believe me.

      • EvanJO14

        Literally just downloaded his game to see it. You are right, it is shitty. Must've been a idea he had sitting on the toilet.

  • Jay Circo

    I pledged $50 a month, TouchArcade. I respect the work you all do and I'm a huge advocate of mobile gaming. I now work in the mobile community on the corporate "non-Apple" side and I have an ever growing respect for mobile because of it. Even though I never got a response to my application to write for your website (Not bitter :-P) I have written for smaller mobile publications and I know it's not easy to keep these going on any front. You have my continued support. I would like to help in any other way I can if possible.

    • Tallgeese

      Maybe it was because of the looming financial reasons... Sorry, I don't know. I'm still waiting for *my* reply. I just KNOW they received my signed headshots and that cup of my blood I sent them.

      • Jay Circo

        They put out a request for writers. I responded.

  • Sven Magnus

    I love Touch Arcade. As a small time indie developer, I really like that Touch Arcade doesn't do paid reviews. Whenever I release a game, I get tons of emails from websites offering to write a review in exchange for money. I've never done that, as I don't believe any review can be 100% fair if the person making the product pays for the review.

    I've been lucky enough to have had articles on Touch Arcade about my games several times over the years, and getting TA to write about my games feels like an achievement, and not something I paid for.

    Not only that - I thoroughly enjoy the site and have been a reader for years.

    So yes, I will definitely be supporting TA, either by advertising or by contributing on Patreon. Haven't decided which way to go yet, but Touch Arcade needs to stay as awesome as it is.

    Best of luck!

  • Leguro

    I am disabled with my Vagus nerve in immense pain. I can't hold food down without daily morpheme and oxycodone. This condition has caused heart damage (had an ablation) , as well as just a all round HORRIBLE quality of life. Half the time my pain meds don't work. There is NO cure for a damaged nerve, just drugs drugs and more drugs. The drugs are almost their own hell in their own right. So needless to say I don't have am large income because I can't seem to hold a job anymore, hence the disability.

    And now you EXPECT ME TO CONTRIBUTE TO A SILLY WEBSITE THAT SHOWS IOS GAMES?!?!

    Absolutely!

    I can't affort much, but you guys are a ray of light in my otherwise gloomy day. 🙂

    -Please find a way to stay around.

    Carl Johnson

  • Dethedrus

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

  • TheNoobOfTheCentury

    Do anything you must. Except Lonnie.

    • alduinslayer

      I'm so glad they stopped Lonnie 🙂 lol

    • Jake7905

      Be careful, if you say his name 3 times a poorly made video will appear!

      • TheNoobOfTheCentury

        NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

      • EvanJO14

        Lonnie's got to be a eunuch with that high voice of his.

  • Wizard_Mike

    Done. Signed up for bronze. Didn't have to think twice about it. Might bump it up to silver, but I'll have to actually check my gaming budget (I have a lot of auto-subscriptions that could be cleaned up and funds reallocated to better things). I visit this site more than any other. Hell, I check this site/forums more often than I check my email. Definitely worth supporting to me.

  • TrencH

    I cannot imagine iOS gaming without this site. There is so much time, thought and passion behind it. I am most happy to contribute to support the hard work.

  • geno11233

    You guys definitely have my support, I'll give as much as I can. Anyone having any questions or doubts please look at the Patreon, there is a link in this article. Google crome works if the site and safari don't 🙂 Goodluck to TA and all!

  • Amenbrother

    I am in! I buy most all my games from TA links!

  • Sithinious

    This is the most used app on my phone and I can't imagine there NOT being a TA. If ads pay the bills, I'd rather put up with them than lose Touch Arcade.

    • vectorarchitekt

      Definitely

  • Emerdanalan

    Keep up the good work. Hope the amount I pledged helps!

  • gquiller

    Is there a way to give a straight up donation? I want to help, but do very little auto draws from my account.

  • Gui

    Just turn it in to the Pirate Bay and put a bunch of intrusive porn ads everywhere. Nothing better than a light porn fix while reading about the latest iOS releases.....

    • alduinslayer

      God no!!!!!!

    • Milotorou

      Lol ! I sure hope that will never ever happen !

  • johnchiafos

    I can't give much, but am proud to support you guys.

    Not because I like to play video games, but because the entrepreneurs who put hundreds of hours in making great software deserve a voice. They deserve TouchArcade.

    *hero music*

  • Ankush

    Its sad to the iOS giant in this state.
    It was great to meet you in person Eli at PGC Bangalore.
    I'd love to advertise UWNYND after its release on 26th June on Touch Arcade to show my support for the site and hope to get a review from your side. 😀

  • Brian E

    Wish you guys still streamed on Twitch, but I'm happy to contribute! I love your site and visit it daily. Best of luck guys!

  • Leguro

    I am disabled with my Vagus nerve in immense pain. I can't hold food down without daily morpheme and oxycodone. This condition has caused heart damage (had an ablation) , as well as just a all round HORRIBLE quality of life. Half the time my pain meds don't work. There is NO cure for a damaged nerve, just drugs drugs and more drugs. The drugs are almost their own hell in their own right. So needless to say I don't have a large income because I can't seem to hold a job anymore, hence the disability.
    And now you EXPECT ME TO CONTRIBUTE TO A SILLY WEBSITE THAT SHOWS IOS GAMES?!?!
    Absolutely!
    I can't affort much, but you guys are a ray of light in my otherwise gloomy day. 🙂
    -Please find a way to stay around.
    Carl Johnson

    • Milotorou

      Wow that sounds quite deep.... Good luck fighting the pain buddy ! Happy to know people find some light in small things 🙂

      • Leguro

        Thank you. I've learned that life is a struggle for everyone. Have a nice day. And thank you for your words.

    • adin

      Didn't think there'd be another CNS/peripheral NS neuro person at TA — do you mind PM'ing me in the forums so we can yap? I'm @adin in the forums/twitter, etc

      • Leguro

        I'd like to discuss just about anything with you. 🙂
        I'm not quit sure how to send a personal message, but I'll look it up right now. It's funny that you use "adin" cause I always use "odin".

      • adin

        What's your username in the TA forums? Or Twitter username?

      • Leguro

        Apparantly I tweeted a different adin? To tweet use @liggerstuxin. Hopefully that works.

  • matyou98

    What is the total goal per month that would keep the site afloat?

  • Leguro

    Why does my statement keep getting removed??? I had kind words...!!!

    • Brrobotix

      It's there man, they were very kind indeed!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It's there, Disqus does weird stuff with comments once a story gets over 50 or so. It's somewhere under the "More Comments" fold.

  • http://www.jeandenis.net/ Jean-Denis Haas

    Been listening to the podcast forever and same with visiting their site. Supporting for sure.

  • Schpank

    I've thrown plenty of bucks at apps I deleted an hour later, only seems right to throw a few at something I get use out of. I'll hit your link.

  • Unfrozen

    Signed up for silver. I'd rather give $10 a month to keep obtrusive ads or other stunts out of the content I enjoy. Hope you guys reach your goal, I've been really happy with the extra writers, RPG reloads, and such.

    I was a fan of the Dev Twitch streams through TA, it would be cool to see that come back. Maybe another way to get subscribers.

  • Solarclipse

    Here's an idea: developers often post promo codes in forums. What if there is a patreon post of promo codes? This mitigates the cost for patterns/is a nice perk, and ensures developers that their promo codes go to people who more actively post and review games, as well as promoting it more visibly than being in their own thread. If you go with this please give me a shout out 🙂 thanks TA!

  • alduinslayer

    I'd like to donate, but sadly I can't 🙁

  • squirpe

    I've been a daily viewer (and occasional poster) for almost 7 years. Absolutely I'll be willing to contribute each month. You all do an excellent job here, and would hate to see this site disappear.

  • Nergal

    It's pretty cool to see what this sit has become, basically a must to find the best games on the crap filled App Store.

  • Bouldergore

    Since the mobile market is doing "so well" why don't y'all get some of these mobile gaming companies to sponsor you?

    • Milotorou

      Because they want to keep their freedom if speech, when youre sponsored by X company if you review their game and such you cannot say all what you wiuld want to say.

      Its pretty much the same as getting paid to do reviews, which is what they want to avoid

  • frank white2

    I sent you an email to review my game.

    YOU NEVER REVIEWED MY GAME.

    you will not have any support from me

    • Big Papa

      Cry much? You really think they have time to review EVERY single "game" that hits the app store? Yon never know, they might have done you a favor by NOT reviewing your "game" if you know what I mean.

    • Jake7905

      What was the game?

    • EvanJO14

      Holy crap dude. Get a life. Being a game dev is so much more than churning out random brain farts and asking sites to review them. Sites review the original. Not the average.

    • 1stSPIN

      I am sure there are many developers who would be willing to donate but feel the same. Apple has a nice way of doing it by putting your new game in a position that gives you a few hundred downloads or more without recommending your game. Not sure how that happens because we are in China and I have not seen the new game launch method. But that or some model like that could be used here to help new developers. You have to keep in mind that no great master ever painted a masterpiece the first time around but in time did. No need to put any new developer down. This industry would be that much stronger if like Apple every game, good or bad got a little push.

  • Echoen

    Make some clickbait (*cough IGN). "You won't believe what she does with her iPhone after opening the app!"

    I don't visit the forums as much as I used to but I still check the front page regularly. It'd be sad to see such a popular site crumble. Best regards, Eli and crew.

  • Azi

    I'll support only if y'all update the TouchArcade app for iPhone 6+

  • Robbie1350

    Yea sure I will help if someone unbanned me that was suppose to be lifted on 6-20-15

    • iammane

      Yeah I'm banned on the forums too but I don't ever remember posting so I don't know what that's about...

      • Robbie1350

        I was banned cuz I ask for a promo code for a free game and the guy said buy the games and support the developers and my banned will be lifted on 6-20-15 but they never did

      • iammane

        Well if it makes you feel any better I'm permanently banned lol... But that probably doesn't help since it seems like maybe you are too?

      • Robbie1350

        I hope I get unbanned cuz it sucks that I don't get to see the forums

      • Zeillusion

        Sometimes accounts get accidentally banned for spam. Happened to my first account years ago. Also happened to a buddy of mine. If you message a mod and they check it out they'll unban and clear the situation up. Just a thought, maybe you were banned for something else.

      • Tuzzo

        What's the point in asking a promo code for a free game??? O_o That shouldn't even exist.

      • Robbie1350

        You have been banned for the following reason:
        In timeout for several posts begging for promo codes. Support the devs and buy their games ! Final warning

        Date the ban will be lifted: 06-20-2015, 10:00 AM

  • drmad

    Hope someone from apple, maybe tim cook himself atleast read this post...good luck Eli

    • EvanJO14

      Hi drmad, this is Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. The team and I were so inspired to help by your desperate request that we decide to donate exactly $0. We hope this helps TouchArcade.

  • robeberhardt

    Total no-brainer, supported for $5/mo.

  • Lane Daughtry

    Done. Consider TinkerHouse Games in your boat 🙂

  • jebaugh

    Done and done. Great way to allow us to help.

  • famousringo

    Sponsored posts are fine. Once per day, clearly marked, and relevant to the site. You can even say something nice about the product and it should be fine as long as your reviews stay impartial.

  • orangecan

    As many others have said earlier I'd be lost without toucharcade - for as much the forums as the editorial content.

    I've read various video game magazines through the years and they've all guided me in in interesting directions with gaming (I don't always agree but that's perfectly normal) - I had at various times your spectrum, cash, zzap64, cvg, edge and many others.

    Only I'm now in my 40s and I've got toucharcade so Ill happily contribute and I really hope you get enough to carry on

  • phoenix155

    Is there a link to donate up front? I just have a problem with money coming out of my paycheck each month.

    • gquiller

      See above...

  • Gabriel.est

    To do it from another country is bit tricky ( more taxes and stuff ) but I will trie for sure.

  • derkoi

    You never covered my games when I submitted them so I stopped bothering. Not sure I'd want to advertise with you either, I've managed without any so called media sites covering any of my games.

    • EvanJO14

      Well there goes another pissed off review my game spammer.

  • Earth Vs. Me

    Hypothetically, what if your Patreon becomes a massive success, then a company like Ziff Davis or Facebook notices, and offers you guys millions for the site? Would you accept?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I doubt it. Part of what makes TouchArcade so cool is none of us are really motivated by money. We've had buyout interest in the past, but what's the point? Someone writes a huge check and then what? There's no end result that's good, every smaller site that has ever been brought into a larger network gets worse.

      We're hoping with community support, we can just keep doing what we're doing for as long as humanly possible.

      • Wizard_Mike

        If this sentiment isn't enough to show that supporting this site is worth it, then I don't know what is.

  • bilboad

    Darn, sorry to hear it's tough going. I signed up for Bronze support. I totally depend on your site to find fun games to play on iOS, plus I really like some of the writers, especially Shaun, but others as well. Hope it works out for you guys.

  • Alexythimia23

    Shit......just gotta here, and its all going down!
    Wtf guys where did this come from! I always knew there was a threat for all who do this but man i never imagined TA going down. People spend money to subscribe to all kinds of crap, so $1 a month is nothing for something ive had for free for the last 6 years. Personally guys i think we should all donate each month, cmon whats a measly dollar for all the free articles we get, no more controversial posts! No more ranting cuz limbo did not get five starts, no more weird man-cat!! Seriously, guys do all the ideas you mentioned, not just one! Do this patreon thing, AND add adds, AND whatever else you can do. Coming from someone who really appreciates all your work and what it takes to swim with the sharks i would not get care if u had to use all these tactics to survive, and neither should the rest of TAs readers. We ALL spend money on the stupidest shit, so a lil each month to subscribe to something we use everyday is a very very small price to pay. Having this app as a little distraction is great, and guys its ours....its our little gaming sanctuary from all the shit that goes on, it took a lot for eli to write this and he has for a reason, so im in all the way cuz they have written this cuz its not looking good. I hope all of you feel the same? I hope you all see the insignificance of such a small monthly amount but see the significance of thousands of these amounts.....TA to stay ✌️

  • Selosoft, Inc.

    I wish we had a new game to advertise on TA, but since our latest game won't be available for at least another year I will definitely donate to TA. I don't wanna see you guys go away.

  • Marvin

    $10 a month from me. I honestly wish I could do more, but my wife is liable to complain when I tell her this, lol.

  • Revolvix

    10 dollars a month from me, just gone through patreonage to start it NOW. Life without TA just cant happen, period

  • MaqueGenio

    I cant speak for its accuracy but Google Trends shows that TA has been in a declining state for the past 4years, with most recent numbers hitting as low as they were in 2009. So to me its not really that surprising you got to the money begging point as you cant sustain 2015 overall quality with 2009 numbers. As to why this is happening, while there's a number of reasons that i wouldn't dare go into because of lack of knowledge , but there is an overall perception that iOS gaming has become stale for the past years, as far as quality goes, and people who used to be enthusiasts of mobile gaming have lost faith in it and just moved on to other platforms. This is very clear in the forums section, where i have seem many many people growing tired of iOS gaming state moving on to other portables like PS Vita and 3ds.

    • bilboad

      I would say iOS gaming is going in the opposite direction from what you're saying, i.e. there are now more iOS games that could potentially appeal to non-mobile gamers than ever, including plenty of games which wouldn't be out of place on a console or PC. Also sales of portable consoles like Vita and 3ds are dropping due to mobile gaming getting more popular. Are you basing your whole theory on a few forum posts from disgruntled iOS gamers?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Our traffic is all public on Quantcast, we're still doing really well. I don't think Google reflects mobile traffic, which explains the decline.

      • MaqueGenio

        Nice. Thank you for clearing that up.

    • Themostunclean

      Google trends is probably the worst way to analyze site traffic. Go to Quantcast like Eli recommended.

      I will admit, I've been using my 3DS and Vita a lot more recently, probably because I always know the quality I'm getting. There are still a ton of good games on iOS but having to sift through the forums just to find out if they're worth it has gotten tiring.

  • Shadowlord

    I am in for a tenner each month!

  • DarkScience

    You guys are amazing, the fact that you even asked your clearly valued readers what they think shows you are a large step above the rest! I really hope you are able to come out of this even stronger and still producing the same great content, I check this every day! good luck for the future guys, you have my 100% support from a true gamer, who pays for games and supports proper devs!!

  • Zenfar

    The best iOS Gaming site out there on the InterWebs, best of luck!

  • Solarclipse

    I'm bronzed 🙂 when you guys update the app, please fix the spoiler tags not becoming visible on iOS devices. Thanks!

  • http://www.wavelightgames.com/ WaveLightGames

    I love this community ... you have my support. Will sign up for Gold after typing this.

  • slamraman

    I've tried to stop using TA - got annoyed when someone got banned who I thought didn't deserve it and it all got a bit witch-hunty for my liking - but I've 'met' so many cool people whose opinion and humour I genuinely like and trust - and it is a great site that I still visit each and every day. It lets me post crappy jokes on an almost daily basis and that's most certainly worth paying for. I run a business in real life and although it is very satisfying, christ on a bike, it's hard sometimes. TA is my small piece of Internet sanctuary. Proper good luck, Eli and Jared et al.

  • aeranth

    TA is invaluable... We, as a community, need their service. We need a Taylor Swift moment to maintain the future of iOS, and subsequently TA!

  • Sup?

    My buck is yours, TA. In love with community. Years of awesomeness.
    Can't afford to pay more, cuz I'm a student, and here in Ukraine the exchange rates for $ is damn high.
    Also, why you gave up Twitch channel?
    Love you all guys and girls.

  • brandjames

    Idea: Add a feature to Appshopper that tracks how much it saves and then hits you over the head with that figure every time you open it. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out my total was approaching $1K. Could also have a link to your Patreon nearby. That's the logic I'm using to support it. I save at least $5 (some months closer to $10-$25) a month thanks to sales alone, and that doesn't include all the money I've saved by avoiding dud games.

  • JCman7

    Sad to see it come to this but really it's a sign of the lack of quality in the App Store. It's gotten really bad I think, there used to be many games every week that I would be interested in now it is maybe one or two a month. There was a time where I had so much interest my consoles went to the waste side but now it's the other way. I hope the site can be saved and I hope the App Store turns around.

  • akrose858

    Im in. Thanks for all the help finding the next game.

  • aeranth

    Wouldn't Apple themselves be immensely interested in keeping TA alive? Doesn't this site itself generate at (the very) least $10,000 a month in sales for Apple? This all seems so ridiculous, and concerning... A behemoth like Apple (c'mon, AppStore revenue alone) can't sustain a community of enthusiasts such as this? Apple, you should take notice and be very, very concerned.

    • curtisrshideler

      Seriously. Without the news stream and constant impressions on the front page and all through the forums, if feel lost at sea in the App Store. This isn't my only news source, of course, but it's the one I check the most!

    • Rip73

      I 100% agree that this site needs supporting and needs to continue in its current form and will happily spread the word and sign up for the pantheon, but expecting Apple to support it financially in a pantheon and contribute 120,000 grand to it a year is just a bit of a stretch and just opens up a whole can of worms to surface in the future.
      Apple will still generate that 10 grand in sales all on its own without paying in to a pantheon.

      There's no question that they read the site and despite what some think, they do strongly support the site but putting a monthly financial injection, I dunno, it would raise a whole lot of questions and create problems down the road. Would emulator article cause a problem? Or jailbreak ones?
      What about new sites that emerge in the area and Apple has demonstrated a preference to this one? What about competition? Or favouritism?
      Should all sites that are Apple or iOS centric get 10 grand a month from Apple for no particular reason other than to stay afloat?
      Just too many questions and potential problems it would raise. And so many more on top of that.

      In saying that, I've little doubt but individuals in or associated with Apple or its ecosystem will be happy to support the pantheon, but the corporate entity itself, hmm, not too sure and pretty sure it's not their responsibility to anyway and somewhat questionable to ask in the first place. Very understandable though.
      Pushing to getting advertising off them would be a far better idea and an approach that would be more acceptable to all parties.

      And of course, just to reiterate, I'm fully behind and hopeful that the pantheon succeeds and that the site continues but believe it's the community and developers responsibility and those that need to do the supporting of it.

      And genuinely, Eli and senior Co, all the excellent writers and excellent forum moderators, the very best of luck with it.

    • jgeirge

      I can't say you're right or wrong, (though I'd like to believe the former). Apple supporting this website would be a great change, but I can't say it would come without parameters, limitations & bias.

  • godofodd

    Eli, can't you somehow channel your love of free to play into a brilliant money-making scheme?

    I kid, I kid. I'm off to check out your Patreon.

    • scottsoapbox

      lol. like timers on reviews? read fast or wait ten minutes or use the IAP... 😉

  • icoker

    What? My virtual home community is fleeting? No way am I allowing that.

  • Durduhdur

    I'll go sign up on the patreon but in the mean time ask Taylor swift for apples support. She seems to be getting things done for the music side of things. Best of luck TA!

  • weretiger

    Count me in! I'll sign up later today 🙂

  • Game.PN

    Maybe do podcasts and reviews on Twitch?

  • unlimitedfury

    Yes, let's certainly put ransom on our donations only if TA does what we want. I always put parameters when I donate money. Jeez...

  • Jayboy720

    How's this, every time I'm prepared to spend money on a game but find out it's not that great, I'll toss the money to you guys instead. Love this app and all the hours of fun it's brought me, you've got my support!

  • ValentiaLyra

    I use this site multiple times every single day. It's an incredible resource for gamers, and I am very glad for its existence. I'm happy to help.

  • vicsark

    I saw Shawn tweeting about the patreon a few days ago, and was waiting for this article, it makes sense you posted it after E3.
    Thks for being straightforward and explain clearly what the situation is. I didn't think your financials were in such a dire state, as money appeared to be flowing on iOS for some big game companies with incredible marketing budgets.
    It's really sad that a site like yours with such a great community, well written articles by competent writers, and a huge traffic can't sustain itself in the bizarro world that iOS has become.
    Maybe be less harsh on yourself and accept a few sponsored articles a week, I wouldn't be shocked if it helps you survive, and you wouldn't be the first nor the last. I understand though that it's not what you want to do, or would have any fun writing it, and are afraid that it would devalue the TA name. Sponsored TA plays feels like a good way to do it maybe?

    As a lot of others here, I open the TA app daily, and rely on your reviews and forum threads to buy games.
    I always tried to use TA or Appshopper links to download games, thinking you should have a few cents of cashback, isn't that the case? Clearly it isn't enough though.

    I'll look at the details of the patreon on my PC tomorrow, not sure what a patreon really is yet lol. Sounds like an old way of subscribing to a fanzine applied to a kickstarter method.

    I sincerely hope you may continue your good work.
    Come on Apple, don't let TA die, use your foreign billions stash to pay their writers all over the world!

    Long live TouchArcade!

  • V for Viennetta

    Without TA, the AppStore is a frustrating shambles. Without TA, I'd've missed out on so much amazing stuff so I've not hesitated to make a contribution - I hope it's worked OK as I'm nowhere near the USA (just clinging to a rock in the middle of the Irish Sea). If I think what I used to spend every month on review magazines & all the other rubbish they fill their pages with, yet TA provides a better service with direct links to the AppStore for free. We need people like Eli & the TA team - people with integrity.
    TouchArcade has got me playing games in genres I didn't think I'd enjoy. I set my alarm an hour earlier for Thursday mornings just so I can check out the new releases before I go to work. & the podcasts have become my Saturday morning treat - I even enjoy the bits about your American soap-opera wrestling.
    It would be such a shame if TA was forced to shut down.

  • muttso1o

    While I often disagree with the general tendence of Toucharcade their to Apple minded ;). Still with out the app I would have missed an awful lot of great games.
    So yes I think it is a good way to show appreciation and support to the TA team.

  • Lenzoj

    You have my money. I've been following Touch Arcade for years, and when you released the app I downloaded right alway, and it has remained on my phone ever since. There is no one else who does IOS gaming as well as Touch Arcade. I hope you all are able to find enough financing to keep going in the direction you want.

  • iosuser

    I agree searching the Apple App Store is ridiculous and TA makes it so easy to find (and buy) great games in a sea of complete crap. I have bought and passed on so many games based on your reviews. Sad to see y'all are in bad financial shape but we are living in the "free" to play (or anything) era. Count on my support.

  • runesnatcher

    I am in! You guys are the best. I check your app as often as I check my email. Do you get any money when people buy an app through your site? I know Amazon has some kind of a deal like that - if a site links to a product, and I access that product through the link on their site, the first site gets a small percentage....seems like that would help your profitability.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Yeah we already do that, unfortunately Apple has *drastically* reduced the amount their referral system pays out. It used to be really great, now it's beer money.

      • Milotorou

        That truly sucks. Especially since they booster all their prices to match USD elsewhere, they are already making more money that way, its totally stupid to cut down on referral on top of that

      • EvanJO14

        You should be making millions off of beer prices here in America.

      • 1stSPIN

        The market changes and you have to change along with that too. Start brain storming with your creative, thinking out of the box people to get some new hot ideas to match the times. You may be able to get a bit of breathing space with this program but it will dwindle. You have to remember that the other sites like yours wants you to die so they can pick up your traffic. I always remember a caption that the CEO for Coca Cola - If your competition is drowning help them by putting a fire hose in their mouth.

  • tex42

    Just got my first paycheck from a new job today. With as much as ive spent over the years buying games based off of TA's recommendations i cant wait to send some your way. Is half my first paycheck too much? Only one way to find out.

  • BigFanDude

    I will try to help because there is some things I can't do.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    A buck or two a month is nothing—hopefully Patreon will solve the problem! I'll also look at buying some minor advertising (maybe after my game is out and has at least a little bit of success on its own).

    But also: anyone who's using an ad blocker, don't forget to whitelist TouchArcade! (or any site you use a lot). I will block ads on unknown sites I may visit once and then never again—to avoid obnoxious popovers and scrolling past endless Taboola nonsense—but if a site is good enough for me to keep coming back to, I like to whitelist it (and even click the occasional ad). It's not much, but it's something! And with ad blockers coming to iOS 9, this may be even more important.

  • sendrius

    I'm in. Signed up via patreon. Do what you must stay alive, but if you could avoid the dodgy click bait ads that litter some small sites.

  • Tizz986

    Would hate to see you guys shut down. The watch list alone is worth a $5/month sub, plus add on all the great content you produce. Hope it helps!

  • scrotty

    I joined for $5/month. Your info is extremely helpful in guiding my choices. And now as a patron of the arts I can request everyone I meet refer to me as "Medici".

  • Doom

    Done.

  • DemoEvolved

    How about this. Update the app with an energy system. You get 1 energy per day. To view an article you pay 1 energy. You can also watch an inline video ad (tap joy) to instantly get 1 energy. You can make a post in an article at a cost of 1 energy. You can also buy 100 energy for $10

    Serius

  • Tuzzo

    I'm sorry to hear this. It been a great ride with you guys in the last few years and I check your updates on a daily basis through the app.
    I'm definitely supporting you through Patreon.

    Still, there's something I might have misunderstood or can't quite get the hang of: indie developers patronage.
    I can't help myself thinking that's very similar to some kind of sponsored reviews.
    I mean: I know the Patreon page clearly states that indie developers can support the site with high-tier pledges and this would ensure they will contribute in keeping alive a platform that could give them visibility in opposition to being crushed like bugs on the AppStore. But doesn't this take TA in a position where you guys own something, at least morally speaking, to those small indie developers who are paying you hundreds of dollars each month? Wouldn't you be morally obliged to review their games as a "thank you" for their support? And wouldn't those reviews risk to be biased? It wouldn't be that smart to bite the hands that feed you, after all ...
    I'm not saying you would do that, you have always been fairly unbiased in your reviews. But I'm afraid that asking for a patronage from your users is somewhat different than asking from indie developers and even though indie developers that will support TA won't pledge clearly expecting some "benefits" in exchange, they will be supporting this site with money they may have difficulty bringing in, since they may be small developers, and this could easily turn their pledge in a pay-to-be-sponsored sort of deal, couldn't it?

  • Michał Hauzer

    I've just subscribed to Patreon with 5$ plan. Hope it helps you guys! You're doing a great job!

  • Max_TO

    Can't imagine TA not being there ... Have you approached Apple at all ? Is there not a way to get some funding when people buy a game linked from one of your reviews ? Given just how much exposure you give to the App Store I can't see Apple wanting to see such an outlet disappear . I myself end up buying more games via TA then I do buy browsing the App Store .

    Also, have you considered adding a donate button to the TA App ? Remember, there is nothing like convenience .

    • 1stSPIN

      I believe the current business model TA is using may be the cause of their woes. As a businessman I would find it hard not to place ads where there is a recognizable flow of game app user traffic. The reviews and other content on the site don't give enough data to urge an advertisers to make a quick decision to place an ad. In today's world you need to be fast with supporting info before your potential customer gives their money to another advertising venue. It is never too late to make changes and sometimes having your back to the wall helps.

  • unexpect3rd

    If I could spend 99c on a game that I'll delete within the day it is downloaded, I think I can afford at least a dollar a month to try to help the site which I have been visiting for years.

    Sorry couldnt be of more help (i shared this news on my twitter), but thats more than what some of my games make in a month lol.

  • 1stSPIN

    If Apple believes your current model is a benefit to the idea of the iTunes App Store they should be willing to place a few iPhone, iPad ads here. If you have such a large IOS following it is a perfect target market for them and in turn will help you.

    I should mention that months ago I wanted to buy advertising here and your people were very slow in getting info to me and started to place ads with Google. Even those ads were experimental and not a great source of revenue they would have given you a minimum of $2,000USD. If this is happening with others it begins to ad up. Something to check into.

    • Tuzzo

      Since TA forums and some articles also talk about Android games, I can't see how Apple could be interested in funding/supporting this site.
      Moreover, Apple has always been against aggregation sites and App Store "clones"; I'm afraid the more interest this site attracts the more likely for Apple to try to shut it down it would be, sadly.

      Apple is interested in getting sales revenues from the AppStore, meaning it's more interested in marketing strategies the developers adopt to make their games reach the top of the charts than in a review site that could potentially drive buyers away from a not-so-great a game and tracks all the sales and discount.
      I know that doesn't sound really nice to Apple, but they're a big company and need big income to stay alive, just like any other company, and I can't see why they should help someone who could potentially drive the charts of their own store.

      • 1stSPIN

        If Apple were interested it would be because TA is focused on IOS users mainly so it is a good way to target their fans to try and get them to update their iPhone, iTouch and iPad, that's big business. TA just has to make their presence know by drawing more Apple fans. So far their current method is falling short. I know if they had the crowd there are people in the iPhone case business who currently spend 100s of thousands of dollars advertising to get people to buy their protective, designer cases. No reason for them not to advertise here too. TA just needs some breathing space to find the path. They have to learn how to follow their dream and have others business people want to follow that dream too.

  • xander134

    After listening to over 150 episodes of the podcast, and reading countless articles and reviews, it was easy to pledge $5/month to support TouchArcade.

  • rza422

    This might not get seen in the comment bonanza but is there any way to do a one off donation as I always miss bills going out but would happily pop some money your way when I can!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Not really, it's kind of the one down side of Patreon. You could always just Paypal cash to ads@toucharcade.com as it all eventually funnels down to the same place but it's not as great of a solution. 🙂

      • rza422

        Thanks for the reply Eli! I'll swing some cash your way via PayPal for now then and will look to Patron in the future. Thanks for all the great writing, been reading and recommending you for many years!

      • rza422

        Ten dollars on its way through PayPal! Sorry it's not more or a Patreon but hope it helps!

  • Sweeneyish

    Signed up for the Patreon this morning. You guys are fantastic, and deserve the support! Less than you would pay for a monthly magazine subscription, and way more content. Keep rocking!

  • runesnatcher

    Can you please repost this next week? I know people who check less often, and I wouldn't want them to miss out on the chance to help.

  • Zwilnik

    I've emailed to ask about possible ad space for our next game. TA was vital in the early years of the App Store for getting a lot of the smaller studios into the limelight, both in featuring our games and in having advertising space that actually worked for them and a site like TA being in trouble is a bad sign for the industry in general, so we'd like to help if we can.

    Ads on websites and in games are simply one way for gamers to pay for the games, so it's worrying to see degrees of hatred towards ads from them as it hints that an ad on a site isn't going to be cost effective in promoting a game (whether that game has ads or not). Of course it's usually a vocal minority that complain about ads, IAP etc. otherwise the top grossing chart would look very different 😉

    If you like games and you like TA. Use the ads on the site as one way of finding new games. Don't block them or complain about them. If you don't want ads in games, buy paid games or play games that let you disable ads in IAP (and pay for the IAP to disable them). Developers need to see that it's cost effective to do ad free games and worth advertising on TA.

  • J.R. Jalapeno

    I am definitely in with helping fund the site, even though y'all are quick to suspend people for ridiculous reasons. I use this site everyday and since I finally quit smoking after 20 years (3weeks quit!). I think I can afford to help. You're much less hazardous to my health. So how much do I have to donate to guarantee I never get banned again for my potty mouth? Lol

  • XperimentalZ Games

    Perhaps you guys could do like Wikipedia and add a special banner/use unfilled full pages redirecting to Patreon until your goal is achieved. Best of luck with the campaign, the industry needs you!

  • Alexythimia23

    PLEASE READ!!!!! To anyone who is thinking like my dumb ass friend, please do not look at the figure of how much they have made so far and hope for it to get to $ 10,0000 whilst you just sit back, incase your thinking " mmmm i might not have to put in?" Please dont think like this as it wont happen unless we all put in now!! Il be putting in my five dollars tonight ( im from england so i dont know what that is! Lol) but please guys and gals, the figure wont magically get to $10,000 if we just wait for it to rise, please act now guys, as this year is going to be epic for gaming, and i know its gonna get better towards the end of the year!! So personally i wanna able to open my TA app same way i do every day.......and to the guys who have put in already....you guys are fucking awesome ✌️

  • Gui

    Does the Patreon have to hit 10k to keep the site alive or is there some sort of in between? How long do we have to hit the goal?

    • squirpe

      Exactly what I was wondering too.

      • Alexythimia23

        Guys if you click on the patreon link you can see where they are at now, so a lot of work still needs to be done!

      • Gui

        I have done that, which is why I am a bit concerned.

      • Alexythimia23

        At the top of this article in red writing...it says support our patreon.... Click that and wait for page to load, and it comes up top left side.

      • Gui

        Yeah I know, and they still need 6000+ in support to meet the goal, that is why I am asking the question because these things tend to get the most support in the first day or two. 10,000 seems like a real long shot at this point.

      • Alexythimia23

        Yeah i know, but thats why we should all pledge something even if its is only a dollar, it will all help...

      • Gui

        Yes I agree. Going in for 5 myself when I get home tonight. Wish I could do even more than that. I just hope that if we hit, say, 5k, that maybe there is still hope that the community can exist in some form.

      • squirpe

        Yes, I'm aware of this having already pledged $5 yesterday. The question is more , if TA doesn't make $10k pm then what is the minimum they can operate with, along with advertising revenue.

      • Alexythimia23

        They have already said.... $10k is the minimum they can run with whilst maintaining what they have done for the last few years

    • RHess00

      I was wondering the same thing. I won't mind ads if that's what it takes and I'll still continue contributing to the Patreon.

  • Alexythimia23

    There is a problem loading at the checkout......this is the error i keep getting when i am trying to make a payment!! Why is that? Is that happened to anyone else?

    • Alexythimia23

      I think the ta app link for making patreon payments is not working for me it says to go to different browser? Il see if it works by going to ta forum via safari...if anyone else have this problem and got it working pls let us know!

      • RHess00

        I had to download google chrome to get it to load. Safari didn't work for me either.

      • Alexythimia23

        Thanx for the reply dude! I thought i was going mad....

      • Alexythimia23

        Thanx your suggestion worked, just pledged my $5

  • skubish

    Patreon is too much work. Put a subscription feature in the app and I am in.

    • EvanJO14

      Your extra dollar would have saved TouchArcade.

  • orangecan

    I can't access Patreon at all at the moment. I just get a blank screen from here and Safari

    • orangecan

      Forgot to say I had no issues accessing it all yesterday so not sure if it's an issue with browser or site

      • Alexythimia23

        Happned to me go to ta forums from safari then google or google chrome

  • Phoenix24

    It is a sad state that such a site is in jeopardy with the amount of money being generated in the the mobile gaming industry.
    I have been visiting this site daily since I got my first iPhone 3GS and couldn't bear to be without my beloved TA community.
    Just pledged my allegiance to the cause and hope that the $10k is reached soon.
    If you love this site, try to donate at least a dollar a month, and together we can help TA become an even stronger community.
    PS Eli, Jared, if you have to go down the ad route, do it guys, as long as your can stick to your core principles.

  • Dario Coutinho

    Go! to the Android side. We need a good site, like this, for Android game news.

  • Seniku Moonjewel

    Begging for money huh? Thought you had more dignity.

  • BonnieMBrown

    ooooooooooooo Last month my paycheck was 11000 dollars... I managed that by working easy online work from comfort at home for several h each day that I got from this firm I found on the internet and i got paid by them 95 bucks/evey hour...
    15

    See it yourself here

  • Bullos

    I'm not sure if this question has been asked and answered already but is there a way to make a one off donation instead of committing to a monthly payment?

    • 1stSPIN

      Somewhere in the comments below he wrote we could send a single payment to their paypal account ads@toucharcade.com . I had my office do that today. .

  • Maldrum

    Love your work, long may it continue, glad to help out - as many others have said; you are my only source of info regarding iOS games and I only go to the App Store through your links. Honestly don't know how I'd choose games on my own, don't leave me...! I hope you get the support you deserve, and more!

  • zombio666

    Add iap in the app, be transparancy on the cost of your fonctionnement and the number of people watching and donation and i will definitivly give 1€ per month for your work and hope lot of people do the same so i can give 1 per 2 month etc... Continue little add on the front and good job !

  • collider

    Hey - you need to pin this post in some way, maybe top of the sidebar... it's only a couple days later and I already had to dig for it.

    This is easily my favorite website to visit, I have no qualms about supporting you kids... keep up the great work!

  • Attila Beke

    Hey fuckers! How about ignoring emails, charging tens of thousands of dollars for a small banner and banning urls on the forum now (which were only trying to help developers)? How about being arrogant assholes now? I hope you choke on your bills, morons!

  • Attila Beke

    Sure not! You took already tens of thousands of dollars from me for nothing! Every whining word in this article is a lie.

  • Mark

    would happily subscribe to updated app at 79p a month

  • Jake Drake

    Good riddance, hope this site fails. Creator is a huge ass. If you're reading this man, I wish you fail 🙂 hahahaha

  • JiDé

    Long live TouchArcade!

  • teste12 test

    This site is failing for a reason, you guys are corrupt and finally going down. Good riddance. Please ban me now, it's the only thing you can do (since you're gonna be poor).